Perhaps you have a resort already booked or were looking to go away in the coming weeks and are now unsure if it’s safe and practical to travel?
While we can’t give you a definitive answer, our goal is to highlight some factors to consider so you can make a more informed decision on what’s best for you and the people around you.
Who Should Not Travel?
The Global impact of Corona Virus (COVID-19) has been devastating in many regions of the world and the death toll has been significant in a number of high-risk groups.
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
So needless to say, if you’re in one of these high-risk groups or are frequently in contact with people from within them, it would really be inadvisable for you to take the risk and travel.
We’re not here to guilt-trip anyone but let’s take a moment to put things in perspective. Recognize that while you might really need a break, a vacation is still a luxury and you risking your own wellbeing and that of others is not necessary.
What About Everyone Else?
If you’re not within a high-risk group and are generally in good health (ask your doctor if you’re unsure), then the decision is really is up to you.
At the time of this writing, while the CDC recommends that travellers take everyday precautions (washing your hands, keeping space between others who appear to be sick etc.), there are no direct recommendations that travel to all locations be cancelled.
So firstly, you should research the location you’re considering going to and get up-to-date, official information on the spread of the virus. Presently, there are many resort destinations that have been minimally impacted or not at all.
Next, look into the individual resort, airline, booking site, travel agency, credit card etc. cancellation policy. Almost every major provider has a very reasonable change of booking/cancellation policy in effect right now.
Similarly, look into the resort’s cleanliness standards and inquire about additional measures being put into place to mitigate spread of the virus. Some major chains even have dedicated webpages detailing their efforts in these areas.
Also, remember that you will still have to fly to your destination which obviously still involves going to an airport and being on a plane. In addition to common sense precautions, a good idea would be to get travel size hand sanitizer (yes, we know its the new gold…no wait that’s toilet paper) and perhaps a mask in the worst case scenario that someone appears sick nearby. Opting to choose your seat (paying a little extra if needed) might also be a good idea to ensure you’re sitting with people you’re traveling with who you know are not sick.
Once you’re at the resort, it would be best to stay within the grounds rather than going off on multiple excursions and city tours. If you pick a good resort, you absolutely won’t have any problems with this!
Decided You're Going and Want a Deal?
If you’ve decided to take a vacation or are on the fence, there is one significant bonus to traveling right now…THE DEALS!
Many luxury all-inclusive resorts are literally 40-65% off right now. Just take a look at these deals in the Caribbean and Mexico. This might be the best time to book that 5-star world-class resort you always wanted to relax at. Or if you were already a fan of budget resorts, the deals now are an absolute steal.
The deals are so good it doesn’t even hurt to click around and fantasize just looking at the pics :p
Make An Informed Decision
Ultimately, only you know your own individual situation and comfort level. If you decide to travel, have fun but be responsible, and support and safeguard those around you.
If you’re unsure if you’re medically fit to travel, we strongly advise you check with a health professional first before booking any travel plans as our opinions here do not constitute medical advice.
You should also consult your local government travel advisory website prior to your departure for the latest recommendations.